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“"This isn't Disneyland!" (It's BETTER)”

NAVTEC Expeditions - Day Tours
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Fisher Towers Half-Day Rafting Day Trip from Moab
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Owner description: Three generations of experience Rafting the Colorado River, Canyoneering, & Exploring the back-country of Canyonlands and Arches National Parks.
Seattle, Washington
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“"This isn't Disneyland!" (It's BETTER)”
Reviewed August 31, 2013

Navtec Expeditions - and their excellent guide/driver Kevin - has left me with some of my best vacation memories ever. On a recent trip with a sister and cousin, we did two tours with Navtec - a half-day sunset tour of Arches, and the next day, a full day tour in the Needles district to Chesler Park. We felt lucky to have Kevin as our driver both days and one of his trademark comments "This isn't Disneyland" may just be on the cover of our vacation photo album ;-)

We made all our reservations well ahead of our trip - Navtec's website was the best of the outfitters in town IMO, and the reviews of Navtec were spot on - the company is organized, has guides who clearly care about the experience their guests have, and if you truly want to experience some of the "red rock" national parks off the beaten path, this is the way to go. I telephoned early on and talked with someone at Navtec about different 4x4 and river trips based on the time of year we were visiting. The guys on the phone were helpful with all the members of our traveling group, ensuring that we were booked together and helping us pick some great trips.

The scenery in Arches and Canyonlands has to be seen in person to be believed. But I don't honestly think it would have been quite the same experience if we'd been with an outfitter and guide who didn't actively contribute to making it a good day. Kevin clearly enjoyed sharing his knowledge of the parks and their history with us and for a group of 40s & 50s women, was solicitous of our abilities (and limitations) - ensuring that we ALL had a good time on each trip. Some of the 4x4 traverses - like Elephant Hill in Canyonlands - left my heart pounding, but by the time we got to those sections of "road" I had complete confidence in Kevin and boy, does that make a difference when there are inches between your vehicle and a cliff ;-)

Lunch was provided on the Chesler Park trip and I had almost expected something along the lines of PB&J sammies in baggies to go with the back country experience but nope - we had quite a repast. It wasn't just that our guide set out the food for us to assemble our lunches, but he did it with an almost artful touch - it was a very unexpected element of a back country day that demonstrates the Navtec touch.

It was apparent to us as well that our guide was known and respected by the rangers in both parks. Navtec and their guides respect *both* the parks and the guests with whom they share these scenic wonders. I can't wait to visit Moab again and try out some of the other Navtec adventures.

Visited August 2013
2 Thank Tracy D
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Tulsa, OK
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“Arches 1/2 day & Chesler Park Full Day 4x4”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

There were 3 of us (cousin & 2 sisters) we are "over 40" and thoroughly enjoyed both of our tours. The first to Arches was stunning, we saw unbelievable arches, learned about the formation of the area and took a short walk up to "Eye of the Whale" where we enjoyed a view better than from any car. The second day we went to Chesler. Nothing could have prepared me for the walk through the slot canyons, up a few "stairways of stone" and the final turn into what is Chesler Park. The view from the center is breathtaking, standing on giant smooth sandstone with a nearly 360 degree view of all kinds of formations, amazing. Also on both tours we saw no more than 3-4 people the entire time, felt like we had the place to ourselves! Our guide, Kevin, was absolutely adorable! He answered all of our questions, shared lots of great stories, and is a very genuine young man. His company made the trip that much more enjoyable. He was even quite skilled at preparing a nice lunch. I would HIGHLY recommend NAVTEC without hesitation, great outfit!!!

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Lisa B
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Charleston, South Carolina
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“Superb Half-day Canyonlands 4x4 trip with Johnny”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

A fantastic trip with a very professional outfit. Very helpful contact with the office (Brian) and a superb guide (Johnny) made for an absolutely superb trip.

We went on the 4 - 8 pm half day Canyonlands jeep tour. Excellent off road experience from beginning to end.

Johnny is a wealth of knowledge concerning everything from geology and fossils to mining, to Native American history and culture. We learned more from him than any other source throughout our entire trip.

The tour route is breathtaking and comfortable. Great trip for all ages.

Thank you Johhny and Navitec.

Visited August 2013
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San Diego, California
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“Great Guys!”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

My family of 3 did a combo trip, Islands in the sky by 4x4. It was Amazing! This tour is not to be missed and would be enjoyable any time of day. The tour guide - John McFierson was informative and friendly. A really good guy.

We finished with river trip and that was great also. The waters are low so the excitement was not as expected but you are at the mercy of the rain levels.
My only suggestion would be to get the river guides to tell different stories- we did a lot of repetition on the river. ( hearing much of the same stories told on the canyonlands tour.

Visited August 2013
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“Half day rafting trip down the Colorado River”
Reviewed August 10, 2013 via mobile

We had a great experience. Our driver Richard and our guide Sam were terrific. Would highly recommend this to anyone looking to enjoy a relaxing half day outing.

Visited August 2013
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